Aldermore’s rousing market debut

BRITISH banking newcomer Aldermore made a rousing stock market debut, following a sale that netted £150m for its private equity backers AnaCap.

Aldermore, founded by former Barclays executive Phillip Monks in 2009 with backing from AnaCap, raised £75m from the sale of new shares. It said it would use the proceeds to fund growth. The bank has established itself as one of the more credible challengers to Britain’s “Big Five” - Lloyds, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and Santander UK - to emerge since the financial crisis.

Aldermore, which employs 50 staff at its office in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, has been looking to take customers from established rivals which are slimming down.

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The sale of shares offered investors exposure to Britain’s economic recovery through a bank untainted by the investigations into past misconduct that have hampered some of its larger rivals.

About 35 per cent of the company was sold in the IPO.

“The success of our IPO is testament to the strength of our story as a legacy-free bank focused on providing banking services to SMEs (small-and-medium-sized enterprises) and homeowners,” said Aldermore chief executive Philip Monks.

“It’s a natural next stepping stone for us to go to markets which have deeper and broader pools of capital. The company will after a while outgrow private equity and we were getting towards that stage,” he said.

Aldermore’s net lending grew by 42 per cent to £4.8bn last year and the bank said it expected a similar rate of growth in 2015. Sources said the IPO had attracted a mixture of “blue-chip” long-term investors from Britain and the US, as well as hedge funds, and demand for the shares outstripped the amount for sale by five times.

The sale was priced towards the top of an initial price range which had been set between 175 pence and 195 pence per shares. It valued the business at 1.5 times the value of its assets, far ahead of the industry average of 0.87 times. Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank led the listing, while RBC Capital Markets was joint bookrunner. Lazard was also an adviser.